When they say they’re thinking of everything, they are thinking of ev-er-y-thing. To start the week, it was the MLB bubble city in Arizona chatter — which was met with some excitement and a lot of criticism. Of that criticism, some folks are not on board with everything happening only in Arizona… in the middle of the hot desert summer.
Well, MLB isn’t done thinking this out yet.
Moreover, it now seems that Florida has re-entered the mix as spring training facilities continue to be explored for an isolated baseball season. Bob Nightengale of USA Today explains.
Major League Baseball, assessing myriad proposals, has discussed a radical plan that would eliminate the traditional American and National Leagues for 2020, a high-ranking official told USA TODAY Sports, and realign all six divisions for an abbreviated season.
The plan would have all 30 teams returning to their spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, playing regular-season games only in those two states and without fans in an effort to reduce travel and minimize risks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s what those re-aligned divisions might look like.
One of the proposed MLB double bubble city ideas. Thoughts on these divisions? pic.twitter.com/glT8scIidl
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) April 10, 2020
For the Dodgers, this proposed scenario has them traveling to only three ballparks for divisional play (they share Camelback Ranch with the White Sox). Presumably, if similar to the early week plan that included Arizona’s Chase Field as a ballpark option, the Diamondback would retain their home field for this re-organized season and 11 stadiums would be in play in the Cactus League.
In Florida’s Grapefruit League, the home parks for the Marlins and Rays could be in play as well — assuming — but an issue with spring training facilities in Florida has always been the distance between fields, which would give players added risk of coming into contact with coronavirus.
But any idea that brings baseball back sooner rather than later presents risks.
More at Dodgers Nation
- For the Dodgers and MLB, is a May Start Reasonable and Realistic?
- MLB News: The Fine Print of the Latest Plans to Start Games
- MLB: Super Agent Scott Boras Talks Baseball’s Rumored Plans
Nightengale buttons up the thought with the ever-important disclaimer “…nothing has been decided. They will continue to wait until advised by health and government officials that it’s safe to start the season.”
You know what they say… safety third.